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It Ain’t Over Until…

It looks like the Republican nominating process is even more of a mess than we already knew it was. In fact, there is a chance that it isn’t actually over yet.

For example, first Romney was declared the winner in Iowa, then Santorum, and now it looks like Ron Paul actually won.

In 1920, Warren G. Harding had the fewest delegates of any candidate going into the Republican National Convention, but ten ballots later he was nominated and went on to win the presidency in a 60% to 34% landslide. Could Ron Paul do the same thing?



  1. Don wrote:

    Ron Paul would need to have the most savvy political string puller going today to pull off what harding did in 1920. For him, it was a perfect storm with two candidates with enough support to spoil the other’s run while not having enough to get over the top themselves.

    A fellow named Daugherty was pulling the strings for Harding and had been lining up a string of favorite son candidates to sap delegates from both of the front runners. He was also a master at backroom deals with the various political bosses scattered around the country.

    After Harding was elected, Daugherty became his Attorney General. It’s a pretty interesting political story. Turns out, Harding was a pretty reluctant candidate. Really didn’t see himself has presidential timber. Even after elected, pretty much disliked the job. And then there was Teapot Dome.

    So, getting back to your original question, no, I don’t think Paul can pull off such a feat. Notice how he’s just about completely disappeared from the media?

    Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Permalink
  2. Iron Knee wrote:

    Interesting history, but I just have one question — how can Paul disappear from the media when the media has been ignoring him as hard as they can from day one?

    Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Permalink
  3. Don wrote:

    Good point, but I think they’re ignoring him even harder. “>D

    Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Permalink
  4. Dan wrote:

    “After Tuesday this will be Romney’s problem” McCain in 2008 a couple days BEFORE the 2008 election. HArding was nominated because he LOOKED the most Presidential

    Friday, April 27, 2012 at 7:45 am | Permalink